Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sake-based Soap from Hakutsuru

Sake-based soap

For some reason, I've got a bit of a sub-theme going on with alcohol-flavored soaps, so it was a bit amusing to see this soap here at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (4-5-5 Sumiyoshiminami-machi, Higashinada-ku, 078-822-8907). Actually, I can't really read the writing on the label, so I'm not sure if it's really sake-based (or is it just rice-based?), but it seems to be the right assumption.

Anyway, it was cool finding the area east of Kobe abundant with sake breweries, a bit akin to Napa Valley back home. And just as with wine tasting, this stuff is apparently supposed to be sniffed and swirled in your mouth before spitting it out (gotta love free samples). If you come out here, hit up the Kobe Information Center just south of the JR Sannomiya station and ask for a map of the sake breweries in Nada, where you can hop east on the Hanshin line and go from brewery to brewery.

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